Per deadline, HBO has begin development on Asunda, a drama series based on the fantasy universe created by Sebastian Jones.
Asunda is inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth epics and Greek mythology and is similar in its settings to Westeros, the world in which the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is placed. It is published by Jones’ independent imprint, Stranger Comics, with Kickstarter campaigns helping along the way.
The epic history of Asunda has been chronicled in various “shared universe” titles published by Stranger Comics, among them Niobe, Dusu, Erathune and Essessa — all named for people or places in Asunda, which is a culturally diverse but war-battered world where magic and swords often determine the course of history.
The focus of the Asunda storyline is a female orphan named Niobe Ayutami who is raised in a small dessert village. Her birth parents are from two different worlds, her father a king and her mother a chief of a nomadic tribe of elves who is kidnapped. Niobe faces a number of enemies who wish her dead as she looks to unite her ancestors against an old enemy.